PETALING JAYA: Kelantan will have to adjust to life on the fast lane.
Seasoned campaigner Indra Putra Mahayuddin wants the Red Warriors to brace themselves with a hectic schedule ahead – playing five matches in 15 days – beginning with their away game to Felda United at the Tun Abdul Razak Stadium in Jengka, Pahang, on Saturday.
The former international said this was in stark contrast when they played only one game in three weeks since the season kicked off last month.
“Most teams have played three matches but we are the only team to play a game. We had two of our home matches postponed but now comes the tough part when we have to replay these matches,” said Indra.
“There are pros and cons after coming from a long break. The good thing is we had more time to forge an understanding with the new foreign players.
“The downside is we might not keep the winning momentum going after beating PKNS 3-1 (Jan 27),” added Indra.
The monsoon-hit east coast side’s opening game against Malacca on Jan 21 was postponed due to water-logged pitch at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium in Kota Baru.
Then their clash against visiting Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) on Feb 4 was postponed to accommodate the Southern Tigers’ Asian Champions League playoff match against Japan’s Gamba Osaka on Tuesday.
Against Felda this weekend, all eyes will be on Lebanese striker Mohammad Ghaddar Mohammad, who struck a brace in the 3-1 win over PKNS.
After the Felda match, Kelantan will take on Premier League side PKNP in an FA Cup tie in Ipoh (Feb 14) before playing their next three Super League matches at home – against Kedah (Feb 18), Malacca (Feb 21) and Selangor (Feb 25).